- Armida Quartett,
- Modigliani Quartett
A German-French get-together starts in autumn 2017 – for the first time the German Armida and the French Modigliani Quartet go on tour. Some jewels of the chamber music repertoire are on the music stands and both quartets will show their wide range of expression and qualities.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Streichquintett Nr. 4 g-Moll KV 516
Johannes Brahms: Streichsextett Nr. 1 B-Dur op. 18 (1860)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Oktett Es-Dur op. 20 für 4 Violinen, 2 Violen und 2 Violoncelli
Armida Quartett, Chamber Music
Martin Funda, violinJohanna Staemmler, violinTeresa Schwamm, violaPeter-Philipp Staemmler, cello Since its success at the ARD International Competition in 2012, at which the Armida Quartet took First Prize, the Audience Prize and six other special awards, the...
Martin Funda, violin
Johanna Staemmler, violin
Teresa Schwamm, viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello
Since its success at the ARD International Competition in 2012, at which the Armida Quartet took First Prize, the Audience Prize and six other special awards, the career of the young Berlin string quartet has developed sensationally.
Founded in Berlin in 2006, the quartet took its name from an opera by Haydn, the “father of the string quartet”. Still receiving the tutelage of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Reinhard Goebel, the ensemble has also studied with members of the Artemis Quartet for several years.
The Armida Quartet won first prize at the Geneva Competition in 2011 and received several scholarships, including those of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation and the Schierse Foundation in Berlin. The Armida Quartet is also taking part in the BBC New Generation Artists’ scheme between 2014 and 2016.
The Armida Quartet has been selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) to become its “Rising Stars” during the 2016/17 season. Therefore, the season is mainly dedicated to the “Rising Stars” concerts which will bring the Armida Quartett to all major music cities and venues in Europa: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Birmingham, Budapest, Brussels, Philharmonie Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Luxemburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Stockholm and Konzerthaus Vienna. As the artists undertake their tours they also engage with and deliver a broad variety of Education, Learning and Participation work with diverse communities in cities and regions across the ECHO network.
The ensemble’s debut CD, featuring works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág, was released in 2013 and selected by the German Record Critics’ Award for its critics’ choice list. Their second CD with music by Mozart was released in 2016.
During the summer of 2016 the Armida Quartet returns to the Wigmore Hall in London and gives their debut at the world famous BBC Proms. They are also appearing at the Cheltenham Festival, the Danish Hindsgavl Festival and at the Mozartfest in Augsburg. In addition to the Rising Stars concerts, the Armida Quartet will also play in Basel, Berlin and Madrid.
Frequent collaboration with others is a priority for the Armida Quartet – the ensemble has also worked with Anna Prohaska, Thomas Hampson, Ewa Kupiec, Max Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. From 2017 onwards they will work together with the Modigliani Quartet.
Modigliani Quartett, Chamber Music
Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista GuadagniniLoic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro GaglianoLaurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi MarianiFrançois Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg"). The Modigliani...
Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg").
The Modigliani Quartet, formed by four close friends in 2003 is a regular guest of the world’s top venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Paris-Cité de la Musique, Het Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Victoria Hall, Brussels’ Bozar, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Munich’s Prinzregenstheater and Herkulessaal, Barcelona’s Auditori, Tokyo’s Oji Hall, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and festivals like Lucerne, Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Kissinger Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schwarzenberg-Hohenems Schubertiade, Maverick Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier Radio France Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Edinburgh International Festival.
In the upcoming seasons, the quartet will tour in the Unites-States, Japan, Korea, China and all over Europe. They will return to Wigmore Hall for several concerts, to Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Philharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian. After a 13-year pause, the festival, made famous by its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, and created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud started a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet. Following the promising success of the first edition, the festival has quickly become one of Europe’s major and most publicized events.
The quartet has recorded for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 6 award-winning CDs, all receiving great critical acclaim in several countries. The renowned critic and string quartet specialist Harald Eggebrecht wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about their Haydn CD in 2014: “It is a real treat to hear with what panache, what witty playfulness, what youthful energy the quartet plays, yet never yielding to casualness. The balance of the four voices, the delicacy of sounds is always impressive, with constant attention to dynamics, harmony and rhythmic precision. It sounds effortless, sovereign and extremely supple.”
Only one year after they were formed, the quartet attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006.
Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
The quartet regularly plays chamber music with Sabine Meyer, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker or Daniel Müller-Schott. Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments:
The Modigliani Quartet is also very thankful for the help of the SPEDIDAM.